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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Brúðv 7VII/7 — fjarðar ‘of the fjord’

Sviftir framdi saung oft
— svá höfum spurt frá —
linna til lofs enn
Lista við höll Krist,
því að tíðir blikbjóðr
brúði með ástúð
fjarðar, þeirri er fremst er,
fagrar saung hvern dag.

Sviftir Lista linna framdi enn oft saung til lofs við höll Krist — svá höfum frá spurt —, því að fjarðar blikbjóðr saung fagrar tíðir með ástúð hvern dag þeirri brúði, er fremst er.

The hurler of the Lista of snakes [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] still often performed a song in praise of the hall of Christ [= Mary] — so we [I] have heard tell —, because the giver of the gleam of the fjord [(lit. ‘gleam-giver of the fjord’) GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] sang beautiful services with love each day, for the bride who is the most outstanding.


[7] fjarðar: fira 721


[7] fjarðar ‘fjord’: Jón Helgason suggested emending the reading of 721 and all the transcripts, fira ‘of men’, to fjarðar which makes more sense as the determinant of a gold-kenning, but destroys the hending. It is likely that the text is corrupt here.




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